According to multiple reports, the Cubs claimed RHP Neil Ramirez off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Friday to complete the deal for Matt Garza. The Cubs received 3B Mike Olt, RHP Justin Grimm, RHP C.J. Edwards and either one or two players to be named later in the trade when it was made last month. Neil Ramirez was believed to be the Cubs’ target and the PTBNL, but health concerns at the time of the trade kept Ramirez from being included.
The Cubs apparently received a good report on Neil Ramirez and have completed the trade.
Neil Ramirez has been assigned to Double-A Tennessee. With Ramirez in the organization, the Cubs 40-man roster officially stands at 40 players. The Cubs will have to make room on the 40-man to activate OF Ryan Sweeney from the 60-day DL on September 1.
Neil Ramirez has a big arm and is a good addition to the Cubs’ system. The 24-year old right-hander posted a 9-3 record in 21 starts for Double-A Frisco with a 3.84 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. In 103 innings this season, Ramirez recorded 127 strikeouts with 42 walks … a 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio.